It was the Hubby’s birthday last week and I wanted to make him something special. For so many recent family occasions I had tried new and interesting recipes but never really asked if he felt like anything.
So for his birthday I told him I would whip up any dessert he wanted to serve as his birthday cake. I was ready for him to pick something exotic; to test my skills and make him something extravagant.
Alas, he asked me for apple crumble. Good old apple crumble. Not new, challenging or exciting but tasty nonetheless and a real classic in my family.
The Hubby has always loved his apples. He will eat anything with apples or apple flavored (his most recent addiction being apple licorice from Darrell Lea – which he force feeds any visitor)
I thought he may ask for apple pie. I would have loved to try that as I have never made apple pie before and wanted to test out a crust.
But apple crumble is one of his most favorite desserts and he really did feel like it. So I happily made it for him (I have made it for him before) and I am sure it will be made many times by my hands in the future.
He and a few friends did enjoy eating it hot from the oven after The Hubby blew out his candles. I managed to find the ones that you cannot blow out (as they continue to re-light themselves) which provided some good chuckles for us all…
This particular recipe was a new method I tried. I cannot say it was amazing. It certainly was tasty as always, but by no means the perfect apple crumble. I thought the apples were too heavily stewed and that perhaps the crumble was too thick and rich.
Please share with me if you have your own tried and tested classic winner or if you even have any tips for my own recipe.
Classic Apple Crumble
- 7 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and evenly cubed
- ¼ cup caster sugar
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup plain flour, sifted
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup desiccated coconut
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 100g cup butter, melted
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- Pre-heat oven to 1800C / 350F
- Place apples in large saucepan and cover with water.
- Simmer (not boil) covered with lid on med-high until apples are just tender but not too soft, about 5 minutes
- Drain apples well and place in large bowl
- Combine caster sugar and cinnamon
- Toss sugar and cinnamon through the apples
- Place apples into the bottom of a medium sized baking dish
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, rolled oats, coconut, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl until evenly mixed through.
- Add vanilla essence to butter and pour onto dry ingredients
- Mix until well combined and mixture has a crumbly texture
- Spread crumble mix over top of apples in baking dish
- Bake for 30minutes or until crumble topping is slightly browned
- Serve warm and accompanied with vanilla ice-cream, custard or cream